17-Year-Old ‘American Idol’ Contestant Performs Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings,” Luke Bryan Invites Him To Play Opry

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The kid is GOOD.

I’ve said it over and over and over, but it’s worth repeating… I don’t like shows like American Idol or The VoiceI just don’t think it’s the best way to build a career in country music. And while it has worked for a few artists here and there, history is on my side here.

But this year, we’ve seen a few contestants with some actual country promise… including Alex Miller.

The 17-year-old impressed the hell out of the judges when he auditioned with a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Big City,” and today, he’s back with another Merle cover.

Written by Merle himself, “Silver Wings” debuted on The Hag’s 1969 album, Okie from Muskogee.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough to get Alex through to the next round, but the kid has a helluva lot of promise. With that penchant for traditional country tunes, and at just 17 years old, he’s hard not to like.

However… Alex did land himself a spot at the Grand Ole Opry, at the invite of Luke Bryan.

“Well, I made some calls to my good friends at the Grand Ole Opry and they agreed to let my buddy Alex Miller come perform at the Grand Ole Opry… And maybe I’ll share the stage with you a little bit if you’ll have me.”

The future is bright.

More (good) American Idol performances.

And in case you missed it, here’s that audition performance of Merle’s “Big City.”

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